Pure Essential Oils: Start with 5


But aren’t there like 5 million?

For people who are new to essential oils, everything about them seems overwhelming. You might as well be speaking a foreign language when you start rambling on about extraction methods and botanical names. Absoluteum grandiflorum? Pogostemon cablin? T36-C5? T40-C3? C-3PO…ok, the last one is a Star Wars character but you get the point. Foreign.

So, how do you use them?

Essential oils can be used both aromatically and topically…

  • Armomatically means that you inhale them, either by opening the bottle and sniffing them, putting a few drops on a pillowcase or article of clothing, OR you can diffuse them into the air using a diffuser.
  • Topically means that you apply them directly to your skin, some neat (full strength) and others by diluting them with a carrier oil (such as coconut or almond oil).

Ok, so which 5?

If you’re new to essential oils and want to know which of them would be good to start with, here are a list of the 5 oils that would make a great “starter pack”…


Botanical Name: Boswellia carteri
Country of Origin: Somalia
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Fresh, woody, spicy, balsamic with a citrus top note
Application: Neat: Can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

How to use it:

  • This treasured ancient oil is highly versatile
  • Rub into palms and inhale or apply on temples for rejuvenation
  • Promotes healthy-looking skin
  • Apply to the bottom of the feet
  • Diffuse to help elevate mood and focus

Blends well with: Bergamot, cinnamon bark, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, orange, patchouli, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.


Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Country of Origin: France, Bulgaria
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Sweet, floral, herbaceous
Application: Neat (can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

How to use it:

  • Wonderfully calming and versatile
  • Add a few drops to warm bath or to your pillow at night
  • Can help condition skin and be used as a skin fragrance
  • Massage on temples, scalp and forehead
  • Diffuse for a light, but luxurious aromatic experience

Blends well with: Bergamot, cedarwood, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, melaleuca, patchouli, peppermint, and rosemary.


Botanical Name: Citrus limon
Country of Origin: Argentina
Extraction method: Cold pressed
Aromatic Notes: Clean, sugary citrus, slightly sour
Application: Neat (can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

*Photosensitive: May increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid sun exposure for 24 hours after application.

How to use it:

  • Apply on chest or massage over the stomach
  • Use in your dishwasher or laundry for added freshness
  • Known for its natural cleansing and purifying properties
  • Diffuse for a fresh, clean scent

Blends well with: Eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, lavender, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.


Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Country of Origin: USA
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous, with a vegetative back note
Application: Sensitive (dilute as needed for young or those with sensitive skin)

How to use it:

  • Dilute this extremely versatile oil with PURE™ Coconut or Sweet Almond Oil before use as needed
  • Dilute and apply to the abdomen
  • Dilute and rub on temples, forehead and bridge of the nose
  • Diffuse or put in humidifier for a clean, cool, exhilarating aroma
  • Approved for use in natural insect repellants

Blends well with: Eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, melaleuca, and rosemary.


Botanical Name: Melaleuca Alternifolia
Country of Origin: Australia
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Fresh, woody, earthy, herbaceous
Application: Neat (can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

How to use it:

  • Apply to the skin as a gentle antiseptic
  • Apply to the skin to penetrate and soothe burns, bites, and minor wounds
  • Diffuse or put in humidifier for a refreshing, comfortingly aromatic aroma
  • Use the 100 or so Melaleuca products containing tea tree oil

Blends well with: Lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, myrrh, oregano, peppermint, and rosemary.

Sun Shades Mineral Sunscreen – Sun Safety Made Easy


Hey! Sun worshiper! Yes, you…

Lets chat. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and although there are many environmental elements that threaten the health of your skin, the sun and more specifically the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays pose the biggest threat. According to the National Cancer Institute, over 1 million people a year get skin cancer. Many of the grocery store brand sunscreens only go halfway on sun protection. They protect you from the UVB rays, but many do little against the skin damaging and cancer causing UVA rays.

UVA vs. UVB Rays

  • UVA are the aging rays that can penetrate deeply into your skin. This increases the risk of wrinkling and age spots.
  • UVB are the burning rays that reach the surface of the skin where they can damage the DNA.

What the SPF?

SPF is a measure of the amount of direct UVB sunlight required to turn sunscreen-protected skin red. If your skin would normally start turning red after 10 minutes of unimpeded sun exposure, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ delays that amount of time by 30 times. Said differently, it would take 300 minutes of exposure before your skin would start to burn.

Don’t be fooled by high SPF’s. In a world where bigger is always better, sunscreens like to tout high SPF’s as a positive when in reality, the FDA has banned the sale of sunscreens with SPF values greater than 50+, calling them “inherently misleading.” They don’t offer the same scale of protection and they encourage people to apply too little and stay in the sun too long.

The SPF rating shows the sunscreen’s performance in absorbing and blocking UVB radiation. But what about UVA protection? Most SPF ingredients don’t protect you from UVA rays and the midday sunlight is 95% UVA rays.

Sun Shades® 

Sun Shades Sunscreen products are broad spectrum, meaning they protect against BOTH UVA and UVB sun rays. They also prevent signs of premature aging and rejuvenate skin with natural vitamins and minerals.

The two key ingredients in Sun Shades Mineral Plus Sunscreen 30+ and Sun Shades Sport 45+ that deliver broad spectrum protection against UVA rays are:

  • Zinc Oxide found in Sun Shades Mineral Plus Sunscreen, is an exceptional sun protector that acts like tiny mirrors that reflect damaging UVA and UVB rays away from the skin before they can age and burn the skin. It is a light transparent, hypoallergenic cream that dries without leaving the white, chalky film typically associated with zinc oxide used in most other sunscreen products.
  • Avobenzone, a principle ingredient in Sun Shades Sport, provides broad spectrum protection from the sun’s UVA rays and the rays before they reach the skin and maintains the protection even during long periods of sun exposure.

Other ingredients in Sun Shades Sunscreen include:

  • The seeds of the Lipstick Tree, valued by the aztecs for their sun protection properties, are known for their ability to protect the skin from free radical damage.
  • Kukuinut oil helps protect skin with a proactive shield that makes the skin less susceptible to damage.
  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant helps reduce redness and heal overexposed skin.
  • Vitamin C, an essential vitamin, helps neutralize free radicals and help skin retain its elasticity.
  • Vital ET®, a unique ingredient designed for sensitive skin, helps reduce the appearance of redness and swelling on the skin.

Can I just stay out of the sun? 

Sure, if you want to be a vampire… no, but seriously, if you stay out of the sun, check your vitamin D levels. Sunshine causes the body to produce vitamin D, a critical function as you can’t get the amount of vitamin D you need from food. Vitamin D, technically a hormone, strengthens bones and the immune system and reduces risks of breast, colon, kidney and ovarian cancers and perhaps other disorders.

Vitamin D can also be attained through supplementation.